Plus Size Patterns
Sewing your own clothing has always made sense to me. With plus size patterns, it has become more affordable to make stylish fashion, with quality fabric the way you would like your garments to fit. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or you cannot find what you can afford, in a retail store, then make it your self. We all have figure challenges, and plus size sewing patterns have become more available in styles that appeal to the fashion forward plus size women. Plus size patterns can offer you unique options for your wardrobe. In addition, sewing your own clothing is a great way to find high quality fabrics in the styles that will suit your fashion taste as well as your body type.
Unfortunately, the tent looking styles that are provided in ready to wear clothing are too often, what is available in the retail stores. Most marketing campaigns in the fashion world, do not reflect the actual demand for average female consumers (size 16 and above.)The sewing pattern companies are becoming an exception to this rule.
However, I do not want to deter you from looking at the misses sizes available in all the style options. Depending on your size, you may find a number of style options that you are inspired to make. Even if they do not come from the plus size pattern section. Most pattern companies do make misses sizes up to 22 or 24, so it is a good thing to check out all the styles.
For example this evening dress is not a plus size pattern, but it is available in sizes up to 22. Each pattern company offers their own unique variety of clothing options. I have listed each pattern company that offers plus size patterns, and what I think are great fashion choices for work, weekend wear and active wear. I hope you find it helpful and inspiring to make some thing for your self.
I would like to mention a website I refer to often, for information and tips, as well as a unique page that lets you see what a garment will look like and details about the pattern.
The photos and information is submitted by sewers of all levels. You simply click the pattern review link and type in the sewing pattern company and pattern number and 95% of the time some one has already made the garment for you to see.
You can become a member and have access to features on the website that the free subscription does not offer, or opt for the free membership, either way, you can submit your own pattern reviews and contribute in many ways or you can just look at what others have done. Either way it is worth checking out
The misses’ category also comes in sizes up to 20, so do not forget to check if your size is available.
When I want to sew a top, pants, or anything for that matter, I start by looking at ready to wear for inspiration.
Go on to a website that suits your fashion taste, (even if it is not a plus size store) and choose a stylethat you like. I usually will copy and paste the photo onto a Microsoft word document page and then go searching for a sewing pattern that matches the style I have chosen.
Some times, you will not find an exact match however, most of the time I can find a pattern that is close enough to what I would like.
Also copy and paste the photo of the sewing pattern onto the same document page and see if it were indeed something you would like.
I have given examples below of the choices I have made or would make in this procedure.
The suit on the left I found by browsing the internet. The suit on the right is a burda plus size pattern.